Xufeng HUANG (FACTORY GATE FILMS), Lei WANG (Pokwai Pictures)
Dong lives with his girlfriend, Juan, in an “urban village” (agglomerations of migrant workers and their family) in Shenzhen city. They have a turbulent relationship.
Dong used to perform the role of the Monkey King in a small outdoor transitional theatre, known as the Outdoor Stage, at a theme park, which closed down and later became a food and drink court. In order to re-establish the Outdoor Stage, Dong stays on and works on a temporary basis as a guard at the lake. While working there, he meets Yuan who regularly sets one fish free in the lake. Juan works in a flower shop and often goes to her client, Mr Long’s establishment to arrange flowers. Juan is attracted to Mr Long’s mysterious demeanour.
There are no signs of the Outdoor Stage being re-established and Dong has been sacked. He returns home and helps Juan set up the Clown Flower Shop. Juan asks him to dress up as a clown when he delivers flowers. On one of his deliveries, Dong visits Yuan at her house. Yuan was once a performer in a dance troupe but she left the stage after a rocky relationship went sour.
The relationship between these four people becomes gradually displaced. Beneath the ambiguity there is a side to each character that no one else knows about. As light is slowly cast upon the characters, the dankness of the muggy and wet weather creeps up on them.